About: Eating disorders, Intuitive Eating, The Media and More

This is a new section of my blog that I am going to try out for now. I’m going to include articles, personal accounts, bogs and other informative sources that focus on things I talk about on my blog. For now I have just a few things but I expect that to grow overtime. When I have a new article or source of information I will try to make a note of that on my current blog entry.

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To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA)

“To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.  TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.”

The Center for Change

This is the eating disorder treatment center that changed my life and started me on the way to recovery. It is located in Orem Utah and has one of the best reputations in the world. They focus on a whole person based approach and teach intuitive eating. I cannot recommend them enough.

The National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA)

“NEDA is here to support the millions of families whose loved ones are battling eating disorders. How do we do it? By offering the latest information, resources, action-oriented advocacy and media campaigns to educate the public and policymakers and, most importantly, a sense of community to people often feeling alone and overwhelmed in their struggle to access quality, affordable care.”  – Lynn Grefe, NEDA CEO

General Eating Disorder Info and Articles: 

Write a Letter to Your Eating Disorder

This step by step guide asks you questions and gives you prompts to help you write a letter to your eating disorder. A great exercise.

Why Can’t I Just Eat 

A very good article by the Clevand Clinic for Eating Disorder that answers the common question of why can’t people with eating disorders just eat.

Exhibitionism and Eating Disorder

A tumblr (blog) entry about the phenomena among eating disorder patients that involves competing to be the sickest person.

Obesity and Eating Disorders

Dr. Bermudez (my former doctor and one I credit with saving my life) talks about the cultural aspects of eating disorders and why they are increasing in frequency. This is a video sponsored by NORMAL in schools.

Loving Someone Who’s Starving for Perfection

This article is written by a fiancee of a woman who has anorexia. It describes what he discovered was the best way to support her. It is written from a Christian viewpoint however it is a worthwhile read even if you do not subscribe to this belief.

Signs of Eating Disorders

Dr. Craig Johnson (the former director of my first treatment center) talks about six signs of eating disorders that are easy to miss. This is a video sponsored by the organization  NORMAL in schools.

Trauma Information and Articles:

Harvesting Hope

This article addresses hope and how it is essential in recovery from trauma (and eating disorders). It also gives several tips on how to achieve this hope.

Am I Abused

A short quiz designed to help you think seriously about the type of relationship you are in

WTF society?

Forever 21: Let our knees be knees

A wonderful blog my AboutFace regarding Forever 21’s new airbrushing of knees and how it impacts women and girls.

Bridal Hunger Games: Loosing Weight Before the Wedding

Brides are having feeding tubes inserted to loose weight before the wedding. I have no words for this. It is beyond insulting and enraging to me.

News Flash: Pro-Skinny and Pro-Ana Are the Same Thing

An article that focuses on how the movements are the same and illustrates why ‘pro-skinny’ websites are dangerous.

Haters Need to Shut up the Hell About Gabby Douglas’ Hair

An article that addresses the surge of tweets and criticisms about the Olympian’s hair. Why is society criticizing an Olympic Gold Medalist over something so minor as hair? Again WTF society?

Media and Beauty:

Beholding beauty: How’s it’s been studied

This is part one of a CNN six part story about the perceptions of beauty.

Ashley Judd Slaps Media in the Face for Speculation Over Her ‘Puffy’ Appearance

A wonderfully well-written essay by Ashley Judd. Defiantly worth a read.

 Intuitive Eating

IntuitiveEating.org

According to the website (run by the ‘founders’ of the intuitive eating movement” the website provides resources that “include among others, studies about Intuitive Eating, articles that discuss Intuitive Eating, interviews we have done, a list of Intuitive Eating counselors around the country (and even the world!), Intuitive Eating support groups, and, something very new—this blog.”

Dieting is Out; Listening to Our Bodies is In

This is an article published on the Center for Change website that discusses dieting and listening to a person’s body.

Psychiatric Service Dog Information and Education 

Heeling Allies

Heeling Allies trains dogs for individuals with psychiatric disorders. This is where I will be receiving my service dog.

“Service Dog Tasks for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities” 

An article that explains how dogs can be used to help individuals with mental health challenges

Bulling

A Psychology Today article about the long-term effects of childhood bulling.

“Bullied Girls Are Growing Up to Have Serious Health Problems as Adults”

This article reviews a study that followed girls from the age of 16 to the age of 43. It was found that bullied girls had more health problems. A very interesting read about the effects of bulling that have not previously been addressed.


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2 responses to “About: Eating disorders, Intuitive Eating, The Media and More

  1. Anna

    I am so happy you have all of these great links. I was most drawn to the one for The Center For Change as I have been there twice. You do describe it as a “dating disorder treatment center” which I assume is just a small typo. 🙂 Just wanted to let you know so others don’t get confused!

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